Document type: DU ETD
Collection: Geology Theses  
Title A Statistical Analysis of Several Factors Influencing Per Capita Consumption of Municipal Water
Author(s) Hoadley, Jeanne Lynn
School/Department Department of Geography
Institution University of Denver
Degree Type Master's
Degree Name M.A.
Type of Resource text
Degree Date 1981 November
Digital Origin reformatted digital
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Keyword(s) Geography
Genre Dissertations, Academic
Abstract The purpose of this study was to identify quantitative relationships Between per capita consumption of water in municipalities of the United States and several factors of climate, standard of living and pricing. Forty cities with 1970 populations ranging from 50,000 to 250,000 were studied.Annual water use for each city was compared with influencing factors using a simple correlation analysis. Seasonal water use representing six month periods was also correlated with climatic factors. Significant relationships were found between water use and precipitation and rainfall minus potential evapotranspiration. Weak relationships were identified with potential evapotranspiration, education level and metering. No relationship was found between water use and temperature, price, or with most socio-economic factors. When water use was broken down into seasonal components very strong relations were found between precipitation and precipitation minus potential evapotranspiration and water use from April to September. No relationship at all was seen between these same factors and water use from October to March.It was concluded that socio-economic factors were overshadowed by the importance of climatic factors but would have shown a stronger relationship in a smaller scale study. The most valuable factors for prediction of water use on a national scale appear to be precipitation and precipitation minus potential evapotranspiration.
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